The “BIG WEEKEND” – FUMC Visioning for the Future

Note change of date from January to FEBRUARY 4 – 6, 2022


Most of us will agree that our church has been through several changes and challenges over the past few years.  For this reason, our Church Council decided to hire a consultant to help us create a vision for the future.

Based on his nationwide experience and expertise in guiding United Methodist churches, as well as other denominations, Paul Nixon was chosen.  He leads a non-profit organization with many resources to assist us in this process.  If you would like to know more about Paul and his group, here is the website:



In late September during a retreat for the Church Council and others who wished to attend, Paul spoke to the group via Zoom and gave us an overview of the process we would be using. Out of that, a Consultation Team was nominated and selected: Arnie Brown, Jacque Coulson, Ben Jung, Angie Sadler, John Sarosi, and Wanda Wendt.  The purpose of the Consultant Team was to work closely with the Consultant to do advance preparation for the “Big Weekend” congregational consultation scheduled now for February 4, 5, and 6 (postponed from January 22 and 23, 2022, due to the omicron variant of Covid-19).

The congregation was given the opportunity to complete a survey to share values and priorities.  The resulting data was analyzed.  Five key questions were determined to receive additional input through focus groups of 6 to 8 participants.  In addition, there will be an after-worship Open Forum, led by Paul Nixon, where each person can give input and feedback.

Here is schedule for the “Big Weekend” when Paul Nixon will be present in person to lead the process.

Saturday, February 5

9-10:30 am.  Focus Group 1

11-12:30 pm.  Focus Group 2

Lunch break

2-3:30 pm.  Focus Group 3

Sunday, February 6

10:30 am.  Worship, Paul Nixon Preaching

11:45-12:15 pm.  Open Forum with Consultant

12:30-2 pm.  Focus Group 4 (with lunch provided)

2:30 -4 pm.  Focus Group 5